Секрет Полишинеля, как на самом деле зарабатывались совковые золотые медальки:
The athletes were not told what was being put into their bodies. They were ordered to either take the “vitamins” or be removed from the team.
In a communist dictatorship like East Germany, the ramifications of being removed went beyond giving up your quest for athletic excellence. Job prospects, the ability to travel abroad, and access to housing and cars were all at stake in the uncompromising GDR.